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CNN fires producer for Jake Tapper over inappropriate behavior

Posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

On a same day Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor lost their jobs over inappropriate behavior, Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi broke news Wednesday afternoon that a CNN senior producer is also out.

Farhi Tweeted that Teddy Davis, a D.C.-based senior producer for Jake Tapper's "State of the Union" program, was let go for for unspecified behavior He said three women had complained about him.

UPDATE 12/11: Davis called me and sent me a statement noting that what he did wrong was not actually sexual in nature. From his attorney: “My client was not accused of sexual harassment.  Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any sort of lewd conduct.” We still have no idea what actual inappropriate conduct led to his firing.

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Minutes later, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter received an official statement from CNN:

"A comprehensive investigation was conducted as soon as this matter was brought to our attention. The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN and Mr. Davis is no longer with the company."

According to Davis' LinkedIn page, he had worked at CNN since June, 2015. He said he's a Georgetown graduate from 2000 with a bachelor's degree in foreign service. Davis previously worked for ABC News where he served as the network's deputy director of political coverage.

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